The American health care system makes me HULKSMASH angry.
Have you seen the CW’s ‘reality’ show, “Capture?” It’s depressingly nuts on many levels. First, it’s inspired by “The Hunger Games.” Unfamiliar with the premise or the charms of j.law? Poor kids are made to fight to the death for the benefit of a largely oblivious privileged viewing public who have no grasp of the greater national reality. But the poor kids do it because they didn’t really have a choice and if they win they can provide for everyone they love financially.
So it’s messed up that someone said, “YES! let’s make this a real thing!” in the first place.
But second and weirdly more disturbing is the fact that the show is boring and predictable. It’s essentially tag with all the “let’s make ourselves into marketable caricatures with the charm of a Food Network pilot” kind of human drama which is basically embarrassing to anyone who retains a sense of irony anywhere.
You know what’s worst of all though? Characters / real live people who have been asked to distill themselves into two sentence summaries have to answer questions like, “why do you want to win the cash prize from this horrific game show?” and often times their answers are like, “My mom has MS and I don’t want her to have to worry about medical bills.”
Let’s take a step back.
Currently we live in a society where even if you do everything else right in life you will be financially wrecked and subject to substandard treatment if you get sick. Unless you have the right sort of job or know the right sort of people or are otherwise are subject to some kind of financial boon that will enable you to pay for things like “life sustaining medication” and “basic dignity requirements.” Adequately treating a loved one with a chronic illness is a worry unless you’re rich.
If “don’t get sick” and “don’t be poor” is the best economic and health advice respectively to give someone then doesn’t it seem that some kind of a “Hunger Games”- esque survival of the fittest society analogy is apt?
We’re living in a world where the CW is right about something.
And how is all this not immensely fucked up?